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Berger current events colloquium

The Hidden Migrant Workforce

April 21, 2017
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York

A small group of advocates and academics convened to present a preliminary overview of temporary foreign worker programs (TFWPs) in the United States and Canada, with a focus on key information gaps and initial proposals to address them.
Participants had the opportunity to learn the history and current realities of TFWPs in the United States and Canada, as well as interact with national and international experts in a vital yet neglected part of both immigration systems.

Afternoons consisted of strategy sessions for scholars, advocates and others working on issues relating to temporary foreign work programs in Canada and in the U.S. A range of perspectives on TFWPs were gathered, allowing participants to (1) explore ideas on how to bring attention to the issue among the broader public discourse around immigration and (2) identify research gaps and opportunities for collaboration to shed light on the most intractable problems inherent in the management of TFWPs (worker abuse and exploitation).


Panel 1

TECHIES, TEACHERS, NURSES AND MORE:
GUESTWORKER PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONALS

Moderator
Steve Yale-Loehr
Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School

Panelists

Daniel Costa
Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research,
Economic Policy Institute
Delphine Nakache
Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies/ University of Ottawa
Ron Hira
Associate Professor, Howard University
Shannon Lederer
Immigration Policy Director, AFL-CIO 

Panel 2

FARMWORKERS, AMUSEMENT PARK WORKER, MAIDS AND MORE:
LOW-WAGE GUESTWORKER PROGRAMS

Moderator
Cathleen Caron
Executive Director, Justice in Motion

Panelists
Meredith Stewart

Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau
Professor, Université du Québec a Montréal
Mike Hancock
Of Counsel, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC (former Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division)
Ashwini Sukthankar
Director of Global Campaigns, Unite Here
Kevin Appleby
Senior Director of International Migration Policy, Center for Migration Studies


Resources [Title TBD]

IMAGE 1: Canadian Labour Migration Programs for Professionals (by Delphine Nakache)

IMAGE 2: Common Concerns Across Visas (by Jeremy McLean)

IMAGE 3: The Temporary Foreign Work Visa Application Process: Who is involved? (by ?)

IMAGE 4: Top 10 Ways Guest Worker Visa Programs Undermine Immigrant Rights (by Shannon Lederer)